Language Studies

Huei-Yun (Irene) Chen

I started my language teaching career since 2003, when was the very first time I lived in oversea and volunteered in Panama.  This unforgettable experience led me to the journey of developing my teaching pedagogy, and later on, the second language acquisition as well.

Valentina Freeman

I specialize in Russian language and culture, teaching courses such as Contemporary Russian Politics and Russia in Transition. As an Associate Professor, I have taught Russian Studies at the Defense Language Institute and served as a Branch Chief of the Russian Arms Control Speaking Proficiency Course (RACSPC) and Resident Post-Basic Russian Program at Continuing Education, DLIFLC. From 1998 to 2013, I instructed and supervised the instru

Abdelkader Berrahmoun

Abdelkader Berrahmoun hails from Oran, Algeria in North Africa. After completing a B.A. in Philosophy from Oran University in 1991, he left Algeria to pursue a master’s degree at Creteil University in Paris, France.

Stephanie Lain

I am most passionate about discovery. I spend a lot of time thinking about the world, about society, about why we do the things we do and how we learn the things we know.    

I enjoy many things about teaching at MIIS, but what I enjoy most is perhaps the sense of community that builds over the semester, together with the feeling of working towards a common goal. What excites me about being at MIIS is the diversity of experience and breadth of knowledge that the faculty and the student population bring.

María Jesús Iglesias-Barca

Maria Jesus Iglesias Barca is currently an Instructor in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE). She is also a Spanish Instructor for the Custom Language Services (CLS). Before coming to the Monterey Institute, she taught Spanish at All Saints’ Day Middle School, International School of Monterey (5th ­to 8th grades), and Santa Catalina Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Prior to coming to Monterey, she was a Lecturer of Spanish at Pennsylvania State University for five years.

Rana Issa

Rana Issa is specialized in teaching Arabic language and culture and teaches courses such as Arabic, Arabic Speaking Countries, and Media in the Arabic World. She has extensive experience coordinating language programs, translating documents, and working in a professional Arabic-speaking environment.

Rana has received the Commandant Coin of Excellence for superior dedication to teaching and curriculum development in the Defense Language Institute.

Alexandra Velikoshapko

Alexandra Velikoshapko teaches courses such as Current Social and Political Issues and Political and Ethnic Conflict in Modern Russia. Her expertise is in creative learning environments and cooperative learning. She has extensive teaching experience and has helped to develop and implement comprehensive lesson plans that accommodate all levels of learners.

Mahmoud I. Abdalla

Mahmoud Abdalla earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in applied linguistics at Essex University and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He has taught and lectured extensively on linguistics, Arabic language, and Arab culture and media in several universities and academic institutions in Egypt, Europe, and the United States. He was previously the academic director of the Arabic Language Flagship Program and the coordinator of the Arabic Program in the Department of Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University.